Here’s an essay I wrote for Crime Reads about why books about rape are labeled memoir instead of true crime.
For JSTOR Daily, I wrote a critique of addiction memoirs featuring Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath.
I wrote an essay for The Rumpus about T.S.Eliot’s years as a bank clerk, based on the two volumes of his collected letters.
“Echoes of The Jazz Age” What F. Scott Fitzgerald knew best, and wrote about with unsurpassed style and insight, was himself. The Crack-Up, a series of seven personal essays he published in Esquire (then published posthumously as part of a collection edited by his friend Edmund Wilson), marked Fitzgerald as a desperate man. Written before and…